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Federer wins 10th Basel title

Roger Federer won his 10th Swiss Indoors Basel title, defeating Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-2 to secure what the Swiss legend described as "an unbelievable" success at the home-town tournament.

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Federer to play 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Roger Federer will go for gold in 2020. The Swiss star confirmed that he will compete for Switzerland at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Federer wins 10th Halle title

Roger Federer made history in Halle, defeating David Goffin 7-6 (2), 6-1 to win a record 10th Noventi Open title. It is the first time that Federer has earned 10 crowns at one tournament.

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Federer wins fourth Miami Open title

Roger Federer produced a championship masterclass under the Florida sun, dominating reigning champ John Isner 6-1, 6-4 to win his fourth Miami title.

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Federer makes history in Dubai, wins 100th title

Roger Federer made history at the Dubai Duty Free Championships, defeating reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th tour-level title.

Federer disarms big serving Groth to reach US Open third round

Roger Federer eased into the third round of the US Open on Friday evening, charging past one of the biggest servers in tennis, Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes. He fired nine aces, won 84 per cent of first serve points and broke serve in five of 11 opportunities.

The 33-year-old Swiss continued his quest for a sixth crown in Flushing Meadows, improving to 24-1 at night on Arthur Ashe Stadium and 18-1 lifetime against Australians in Grand Slam play. His only defeat came on major debut to Patrick Rafter at Roland Garros 1999. Federer is now a career 54-1 in Grand Slam second round matches, with his lone loss coming at Wimbledon last year to Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The Basel native, playing in New York for a 15th consecutive year, won his 51st match of 2014. He is the second-oldest player to claim 50 or more victories in a single season in the past 30 years, having achieved the feat with a first-round win over Marinko Matosevic on Tuesday.

Groth, the hulking Australian who holds the record for the fastest serve recorded at 163mph, threw everything he had at Federer - and the ball just kept coming back. He topped out at 147mph against the five-time former champion to no avail; one of his quickest deliveries of the night in the first set, a 142mph bullet down the T, flashed back past him before his feet had found the court.

"The 142, honestly I hit it and I turned around," said Federer.

"I didn't know if it went into the stands or the bottom of the net or on the other side. I just felt like I hit it clean.

"The 147 one I felt like I was there and felt like I had more control on it. The difference between 142 and 147, there's none really in the racquet. I think once you pass the 135 range everything is just really fast."

Federer, dressed all in black, took a few games to feel out his opponent before making the breakthrough to go 4-3 ahead, then held serve to take the first set.

The second set opened with the two men trading breaks, with Federer again gaining the upper hand and breaking Groth a second time to go up 5-4 and serve out for a 2-0 lead.

The 26-year-old Australian said he tried to focus on his own game and not get swept away by the crowd's support for Federer.

"To be honest, for me, I was trying not to get caught up in the whole Roger act out there," he said. "You walk out, you get a few cheers. He walks out and the crowd goes ballistic.

"So from the word go you know he's there. I was honestly just trying to focus on what I was doing.

"He's got an aura because of how good his tennis is. Yes, there's an aura because of what he's done, but his tennis speaks for itself.

"You don't win 17 grand slams if your tennis is not that good. I knew I was playing Roger Federer."

Groth, who watched compatriot Marinko Matosevic lose in straight sets to Federer in his opening match, dug deep in the third set, scratching out a 4-2 lead.

However, five-time champion Federer answered back with a break of his own and then raced through the next three games to seal the victory.

Federer will face Marcel Granollers for a spot in the Round of 16 after the unseeded Spaniard edged big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6), 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4 in three hours and 51 minutes. Granollers overcame 31 aces, despite converting on just one of eight break points garnered. He trails Federer 0-2 in their ATP Head to Head series, falling in the Round of 16 in Dubai on two occasions (2011, '13).

Date: 30th August 2014, Source: Reuters and ATP

Switzerland tap Federer and Wawrinka for Davis Cup

Switzerland captain Severin Luthi will tap the star power of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka when the Alpine country faces Italy in next month's Davis Cup, Swiss Tennis announced Wednesday.

World number three Federer and number four Wawrinka will team up with Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer, 167th and 454th respectively in the ATP rankings.

Federer and Wawrinka had already confirmed that they planned to take part in the September 12-14 matches in Geneva, but Luethi's official announcement was required to make that formal.

Tennis watchers had been left guessing about the remaining names, however.

"Marco Chiudinelli has been in greater and greater shape over the past few months and he's worked flat out to get ready for these semi-finals, so he deserved his slot in the team," Luethi said in a Swiss Tennis statement.

There had been suggestions that Luethi would call up Swiss number four Yann Marti, who stands 209th in the ATP rankings.

"I've followed Yann Marti's recent rise with a lot of satisfaction, he's made a lot of progress. But what's at stake is too important to start experimenting with new players," said Luethi.

He said he expected Italy to deploy a team exclusively of players from the ATP top 100, including world number 17 Fabio Fognini,49th-ranked Andreas Seppi, plus Paolo Lorenzi and Simone Bolelli, respectively 78th and 85th.

"This isn't going to be a walk in the park, and it's going to be all the more important to be buoyed up by our fans," said Luethi.

Date: 27th August 2014, Source: AFP

Federer's slam dunk win earns Jordan approval

Cheered on by basketball legend Michael Jordan, Roger Federer became the first player to claim 50 match wins this season with a straight-sets victory in round one at the US Open Tuesday night. Federer enjoyed a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Australian Marinko Matosevic to set up a second-round meeting with another Australian, big-serving 26-year-old Sam Groth.

Asked about Jordan's presence, Federer said: "I was so happy that he came into the world of tennis for a little bit and that he got to see me as the character in the whole show was pretty cool. I met him yesterday for the first time and it was a big deal for me; it’s been a special past 24 hours. We talked how I prepare, how much I play, where I go next; we exchanged ideas about our respective sports. That’s what you talk about.

"He was just my hero of all sports," said Federer, who will next meet another Australian Sam Groth.

"That's what he was for me growing up. "Besides Edberg and Becker being my tennis idols, I had Jordan as my all sports idol.

"I just remember when I was younger; in Germany it was really big on the German TV stations. That's where I saw him doing all his moves. I wasn't necessarily a Chicago Bulls fan or anything like that. It's just I was into him, into the incredible athlete, just being that guy who was carrying basketball at the time. So I guess that's what inspired me."

Jordan sat in Federer’s box throughout the match, in which Federer debuted his new shoe, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour AJ3, which looked somewhat like the Air Jordans sported by the former Chicago Bulls icon during his legendary career. Also cheering on Federer was hockey star Henrik Lundqvist, of the New York Rangers.

"About a year ago, I heard that Roger wanted to design and wear a Jordan shoe on the court," Jordan said, according to "I have followed Roger's career and have been a big fan for some time now. I definitely thought this could be a really unique and special collaboration, and when I heard that Roger wanted the shoe to be modeled after the Air Jordan 3, I was in."

Asked what about Jordan inspired him, Federer said, "His longevity, the way he made it look easy, his will to win, wanting to be the best, delivering under pressure, being a superstar in a team sport, carrying his team for so many years. There's so many things that he did well and represented the game really nicely, I thought. That's why he also became my idol."

Now 23-1 in night matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Federer improved to 68-9 lifetime at Flushing Meadows, where he seeks an 18th Grand Slam title in his 60th consecutive appearance at the majors. The Swiss has won 19 of his past 21 matches dating back to his title run in Halle.

Federer seemed destined for a routine win serving at 4-3 in the third set, but Matosevic claimed his lone break in the eighth game and later had a mini-break in the tie-break before Federer closed out the match.

"It was a bit more difficult than I thought it was going to be in the third set. Marinko has a big game," said Federer.

Date: 27th August 2014, Source: ATP and Reuters

Evergreen Federer set to open bid for 18th grand slam win

For Roger Federer, winning grand slams is like riding a bike. Once you know how to do it, you can do it again.

The evergreen Swiss may be carrying a bit more baggage these days, not least with his four children in tow, but in his 60th successive grand slam, the 33-year-old truly believes he can extend his record tally of singles titles to 18.

Twelve months ago and nursing a back injury at the U.S. Open, Federer was upset by Spain's Tommy Robredo in the fourth round at the year's final grand slam.

A year on and the Swiss second seed faces Australia's world number 76 Marinko Matosevic under the lights at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday, confident he is in good enough shape to win again.

"I think last year I was trying to convince myself I did have an opportunity," said Federer, who reached the Wimbledon final last month. "The confidence was going away quickly just because I was just not moving so well.

“This year, really from the first week, I have always played really nice tennis. So you come into this U.S. Open and you remember how it feels to win tournaments.

"You almost forget how to lose to a point and confidence rises. You're back to winning ways again and everything seems so simple. I really feel like I can play a great tournament."

Date: 26th August 2014, Source: Reuters

Federer's confidence soaring before US Open

Roger Federer is having fun with his new status as one of the hot favourites for the 2014 US Open. In his pre-tournament press conference, Federer was asked whether playing night sessions early in the tournament may work against him come the day semi-finals and late afternoon final. “I hope I have that problem. It's perfect that we're talking semis and finals already. It wasn't like that last year.”

Indeed it wasn’t. Federer lost in the fourth round to Tommy Robredo, marking his earliest exit at Flushing Meadows since 2003 and his first defeat in 11 career meetings with the Spaniard.

Fast forward 12 months and Federer finds himself in contention to challenge for the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking and with 12 Top 10 scalps this season. At this point in 2013 Federer had just one Top 10 win for the year and it was unclear whether he would even qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. But after reaching back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 finals in Toronto and then Cincinnati, where he won his third title of the year and sixth overall at the Western & Southern Open, Federer says that he feels much more confident about his chances at the US Open this year.

“I think last year I was trying to convince myself I did have an opportunity to win the title… but I felt I needed a little help and for the draw to open up because it was going to be hard for me beating Top 5 or Top 10 players and I felt like I had little margin against guys ranked just outside of the Top 10 to No. 30… The rest of the field I felt like I could manage it somehow, but the confidence was going away quickly because I was just not moving so well. I was scared to have another setback, and so it was just not as clear-cut and simple as it is this year.

“This year I played a lot of good matches. Not just Toronto and Cincinnati, but really from the first week on I have always played really nice tennis. Then you come into this US Open remembering how it feels to win tournaments. You remember and you get used to that. You almost forget how to lose to a point and confidence rises. You're back to winning ways again and everything seems so simple… I feel like I can play a great tournament.”

Federer opens against Australian Marinko Matosevic and in that match he will chase his 50th win of the season. (versus just 45 for all of last year).

“I think I have only played him once in Brisbane this year, and I played him very well on a similar court,” Federer said of the Australian. “He's had some better wins now. This year he's really moved up the rankings. Clearly I'm aware that he can play some dangerous tennis, but at the same time, I feel like it's on my racquet. I have to make sure he has to work extremely hard and he knows the finish line is really far away.”

Federer won five consecutive US Open titles between 2004 and 2008 and was denied a sixth in 2009 by Juan Martin del Potro in five sets. He last reached the semi-finals in 2011, when Novak Djokovic rallied from two sets and two match points down to beat him.

Should Federer win the US Open, and Djokovic not progress beyond the semi-finals, the Swiss would move into first place in the ATP Race To London. The Race, which measures a player's performance in 2014 only, is different to the world rankings, officially known as the ATP Rankings, which counts players' best results over the past 52 weeks.

However, the Race and Rankings ultimately mirror each other at the end of the season. So should Federer rise to first place in the Race after Flushing Meadows, he would have a strong chance of finishing year-end World No. 1 for a sixth time after November's ATP World Tour Finals.

Date: 24th August 2014, Source: ATP

Federer could win numbers game at U.S. Open

Roger Federer achieved tennis greatness with an intoxicating blend of athleticism, artistry and unflinching nerve. Yet for all his fluid genius, the measure of a career often boils down to cold numbers.

Seventeen grand slam singles titles, three more than any man who has played the game, have been won by the Swiss maestro.

But it is eight grand slam events and counting since the graceful sportsman, who ticked off major accomplishments like clockwork during his years of dominance, has won a grand slam.

At age 33, with the clock ticking down on an extraordinary career, the father of two sets of twins faces a golden opportunity to add to his majestic legacy at the U.S. Open starting on Monday at the U.S. National Tennis Center.

Federer is in form and his primary nemesis, 2013 U.S. Open winner Rafa Nadal, has withdrawn due to a wrist injury, elevating the Swiss to second seed and ensuring he can only meet top seed Novak Djokovic should they both reach the final.

World number two Nadal, the Spaniard with 14 major titles of his own, has beaten Federer 23 times in 33 career meetings, and taken nine of their 11 career collisions in grand slams.

The other member of the ‘Big Four’ who have dominated men’s tennis the past decade, 2012 U.S. Open winner and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain, is still struggling to regain top form after having back surgery, further suggesting a possible storybook run by Federer.


After a disappointing 2013 season in which Federer was affected by a bad back, skeptics wondered whether he might be heading down a slippery slope toward retirement.

Federer believed otherwise, proclaiming his continuing love for the game, even down to the long hours of practice, and insisted he would remain a grand slam threat.

The Swiss marvel has proved there is plenty left in the tank.

Federer has been the best player over these summer months, battling Djokovic in an epic five-set Wimbledon final before falling just short, and reaching four successive finals during the lead-in to the U.S. Open including a victory at the Masters 1000 Western & Southern in Cincinnati.

He scoffed at the notion of an imminent changing of the guard after impressive results from some young, big hitters at Wimbledon, including semi-finalists Milos Raonic of Canada and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, and Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who was ranked 144th when he ousted Nadal in the fourth round.

“If I'm playing well I feel like I can control the field to a degree,” said Federer.

“I do believe the top guys are the ones we know and who are still going to be deciding outcomes of the bigger tournaments, like the Masters 1000s and the grand slams and the World Tour Finals.”

He may well have more to add beyond his record streak of reaching 23 successive grand slam semi-finals through the 2010 Australian Open.

Beyond his record 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals through the 2013 French Open.

Beyond the 10 successive grand slam finals he appeared in through the 2007 U.S. Open.

A victory at Flushing Meadows would make him the oldest grand slam winner since Andrew Gimeno won the 1972 French Open at 34, and oldest U.S. Open champion since Ken Rosewall’s triumph as a 35 year old in 1970.

Victory for Federer would bring him a sixth U.S. crown, snapping his tie with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras once again allowing him to hoist a gleaming grand slam trophy - a sensation he has enjoyed more than any man in tennis.

Date: 22nd August 2014, Source: Reuters

Roger Federer accepts #IceBucketChallenge

Roger Federer has joined the many people around the world showing their support to #StrikeOutALS by participating in the #IceBucketChallenge.

The World No. 3 accepted the challenge after being nominated by WTA player Ana Ivanovic, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Roger Federer: “ALS is a tragic disease, and I hope that the social media attention from the Ice Bucket Challenge continues to bring more awareness and donation dollars to curing ALS,” said Federer in his Facebook post. “Funny videos are entertaining, and can be important to raise awareness, but a more important measure of impact is donating:

“In the spirit of the challenge, I'd like to challenge my friends Seve, Marco and Reto!”

Other ATP World Tour players had completed the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS in the days since the fundraising and awareness campaign went viral, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner, Feliciano Lopez, Bernard Tomic, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, Rohan Bopanna, Michael Russell, Eric Butorac, Tommy Haas and Nick Kyrgios.

ALS has affected the tennis family in recent years. Former ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett passed away on 3 May, 2013, after his battle with the disease, which has no cure. Former ATP pro Jerome Golmard is currently fighting the disease, and WTA staff member Angie Cunningham has also been diagnosed.

Support Jerome In His Fight Against ALS

Date: 22nd August 2014, Source: ATP

Roger Federer's US Open 2014 Outfit

Roger Federer's US Open 2014 Nike Outfit.

Date: 18th August 2014

Federer returns to ATP World Tour Finals for record 13th straight year

Roger Federer has punched his ticket to the ATP World Tour Finals for a record 13th year in a row after clinching a sixth title at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. Federer joins Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the elite eight-man field at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November, where he will be looking to win his seventh crown.

The 33-year-old Swiss is the most successful player to compete at the ATP World Tour Finals, compiling a 44-11 record and claiming a record six titles in 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2010-11. He breaks the record of consecutive years qualifying for the championship, a mark he previously shared with Ivan Lendl (1980-91).

“It’s always one of the big goals I set myself at the beginning of the season,” said Federer. “It’s always an absolute honour being part of the best eight. Getting a chance to win an extra trophy at the end of the season - which is so prestigious, one of the biggest ones we have in the game and one I’ve done so well at - is a great feeling. Returning to the season finale is something I’ve been a part of since 2002, so to do it again is a privilege and I will try to play my very best there. I hope I can save some of my best for last.”

Federer opened his 2014 campaign by finishing runner-up to rival Lleyton Hewitt at the Brisbane International and reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. He enjoyed a 10-match win streak from late-February to mid-March, hoisting a sixth trophy at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and reaching his 35th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The Swiss finished runner-up to countryman Stan Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and advanced to four consecutive finals, beginning with a seventh Gerry Weber Open crown on the grass of Halle in early June. He reached a ninth title match at Wimbledon, followed by a run to the final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. En route to clinching a sixth championship in Cincinnati, he became the first player to achieve 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level and the third to claim 80 tour-level titles.

Date: 18th August 2014, Source: ATP

Federer holds off Ferrer for 80th title, sixth in Cincinnati

Roger Federer defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 for his sixth Western & Southern Open title and 80th singles title of his career on Sunday in the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final to feature two players over the age of 30.

Federer, 33, improved to a perfect 6-0 in Cincinnati finals and to a 16-0 ATP Head toHead record against the 32-year-old Ferrer. He snapped a four-match losing streak in Masters 1000 finals, including a runner-up finish last week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Tsonga), to claim his 22nd crown at this level.

"I'm very happy about the week," said Federer. "Just overall it went from good to great. Just really pleased that I was able to back up a tough week last week already."

"I really thought I was feeling better again towards the end of the second set, like he felt better at the end of the first," said Federer. "I carried that over into the third and served great and was able to come up with some really good plays. Just overall I think I played a great match at the end."

The Swiss lifted his third trophy from eight finals this season, adding to his victories in Dubai and Halle, and just the third player in the Open Era to reach the 80-titles plateau, joining Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

In his opening match against Vasek Pospisil earlier this week in Cincinnati, Federer made history as the first player to win 300 matches at the Masters 1000 level. His 22 Masters 1000 titles is second to Rafael Nadal’s 27 in the leaders list.

Federer will next head to New York for the US Open, where he will compete for an Open Era-record sixth title.

"Especially now I come in with great confidence," he said. "I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff, so it's just about maintaining. That's also really good for the mind... I know my game is where I want it to be. It's about just keeping that level up right now."

Ferrer was attempting to win his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 22nd overall. He had recorded his 150th match win in Masters 1000 action after saving two match points in his second-round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday.

FIRST SET - Federer 6-3

With only four sets won in 15 encounters against Federer, an efficient serving display was crucial for Ferrer from the onset.

In three of four matches this week in Cincinnati, the Spaniard won over 60 per cent of second serve points, something he had accomplished on just one occasion against his Swiss opponent. Moreover, Federer had converted on a combined 48 per cent of break points against Ferrer’s serve, entering their 16th meeting.

Ferrer’s game plan was clear in the early stages on Sunday, peppering the Federer backhand with a heavy dose of inside-out forehands. He would dig out of a 0/30 hole in his opening service game, but could not make a dent on the Basel native’s serve, winning just four points through four return games. Federer’s angled wide serve to the ad court consistently produced winners as the set unfolded.

Ferrer would be the first to blink on serve, committing a pair of double faults in the eighth game of the opener, as Federer broke for 5-3. The father of four was forced to navigate tricky waters in serving for the set, immediately facing a 0/40 deficit following a sublime defensive backhand pass from Ferrer. He would stave off four break points in the game, before eventually securing the service hold and the set.

Federer fired seven winners, striking just five unforced errors and won nine of 13 points at the net in the opening set.

SECOND SET - Ferrer 6-1

Federer maintained the pressure on return in the second set, but Ferrer would save all four break points faced in his first service game.

The Spaniard immediately snatched the momentum, converting on a fourth break point of his own in the very next game for a 2-0 lead. Last week in Toronto, Federer was unable to overcome a ruthlessly aggressive Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ferrer was looking to produce a similar attacking onslaught as the second set progressed.

A second break of serve would lead to a 5-0 lead and the stunned capacity crowd at the Lindner Family Tennis Center was witnessing a sensational comeback by the diminutive 32 year old. Ferrer reeled off a string of eight consecutive points as he edged closer to forcing a decider.

Federer saved a pair of break points while serving to stay in it at 0-5, having relinquished a bagel set on just four previous occasions in his career, but Ferrer would stay the course and onto a third we go…

THIRD SET - Federer 6-2

Ferrer had saved two match points in a second round battle with Philipp Kohlschreiber earlier in the week and he was seeking to complete another impressive turnaround against the World No. 3.

Federer, however, entered the final with a 9-4 record in three-set matches in Cincinnati, and was not a willing participant in Ferrer’s bid to run away with the match. He would break the Javea native in the fourth game, following a perfectly executed drop shot, and consolidate for a 4-1 advantage.

A near-mirror image of the second set, it was Federer who would garner four more break points for an insurmountable 5-1 lead, but Ferrer dug deep to hold. As always, the World No. 6 did not go down quietly, grinding for every point even with his back against the wall at 2-5. But he could not withstand Federer’s closing ability, succumbing on his second championship point when a forehand sailed long.

Federer prevailed after 1 hour and 42 minutes, firing six aces and 32 winners, while breaking serve on three of 14 opportunities.

The father of two sets of twins joked that it was about time he brought his brood a substantial trophy to play with.

"I finally got a big trophy for kids," he said Sunday. "I've been bringing home some smaller ones. I keep telling them they are still trophies, but this one should satisfy them."

"I made the final," said the good-natured Ferrer, winner of one Masters title. "But I can never beat Roger, he's too much for me.

"I'm still lucky to be playing with the best in the world. Roger deserved to win the title.

''The third set, he served unbelievable,'' Ferrer said. ''He played really good and I was a little bit tired. But anyway, with Roger it's difficult, no?'

"He was better, but I was close," said Ferrer, who also lost to Federer last week in Toronto. "I am happy with my game these two weeks. I reached the quarter-final in Toronto and final here playing well every day."

Date: 18th August 2014, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer, Ferrer to clash in Cincinnati final

Roger Federer secured his berth in a sixth Western & Southern Open final after a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win against Milos Raonic on Saturday.

The 33 year old Federer next faces 32-year-old Spaniard David Ferrer in the ninth all-Top 10 final of the season. This is the first final between players 30-or-over in Cincinnati in the Open Era and the first time in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. Federer has triumphed in all 15 ATP Head to Head meetings against Ferrer.

"I'm playing much better than last year. I can move freely again," Federer told ESPN after the semi-final. "I'm happy the results show. It's more fun playing this way. Now I am playing the right away.

Tomorrow marks Federer's eighth final of 2014 (2-5 record) and his fourth in a row; the Swiss No. 1 triumphed in Halle and finished runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic) and the Rogers Cup (l. to Tsonga). The Basel native is looking to capture his 80th tour-level title in his 121st final (79-41), and become the third player in the Open Era with 80-or-more titles (Connors-109, Lendl-94).

"It's great for the confidence to switch from clay to grass to hard courts and keep on playing well. I've had a very complete season so far," added Federer. "This is my eighth final of the season. I hope I can win another final here."

Federer bids to maintain his perfect record in title bouts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, having lifted the trophy here in 2005 (d. Roddick), 2007 (d. Blake), 2009 (d. Djokovic), 2010 (d. Fish) and 2012 (d. Djokovic).

Oldest Open-Era Cincinnati Champions

Federer (33) or Ferrer (32) will add their name to the list of oldest Cincinnati winners in the Open Era:

Winner (Age) - Year

Ken Rosewall (35) - 1970
Andre Agassi (34) - 2004
Marty Riessen (32) - 1974
Roger Federer (31) - 2012

Sunday's final also marks the seventh tournament in which Federer has reached the championship stage on six or more occasions. Federer has contested the Basel final on 10 occasions (5-5); Halle and Wimbledon, each nine (7-2); the ATP World Tour Finals and Dubai each on eight attempts (6-2) and the US Open six times (5-1).

In the semi-final, the second-seeded Federer claimed all 16 of points on his serve in the first set, his game never in danger against the fifth-seeded Raonic.

In the second set, both players held serve until the eighth game, in which Federer clawed back from 0/40 to break the Canadian. The World No. 3 served out the match in the following game to secure his place in the final in 68 minutes.

"I served very poorly tonight, and that's not going to get it done," said Raonic, who served at 43 per cent. "I have to figure out how to step up against the top guys. Roger's been playing great this summer. He's getting better and better with each match. I have to play better in these matches."

Ferrer reached his seventh Masters 1000 final and second on American soil after defeating Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2 earlier in the day. The World No. 6 owns a 1-5 record for those finals, including a loss in 2013 to Andy Murray in Miami. This also marks Ferrer's 45th appearance in a final (21-23 record).

"I played very consistently, and got the break, then I could play with calm," he said, calling the match "maybe my best of the week."

"I played without a lot of mistakes but it was difficult to return sometimes."

"Of course I am in a good moment," said Ferrer. "I am in my first final this year in a Masters 1000, so I'm happy for that. I take it step by step and focus for tomorrow."

Ferrer is the sixth Spaniard to reach the Cincinnati final in the Open Era and he is trying to become the third winner after Rafael Nadal (2013) and Carlos Moya (2002). Other Spaniards to reach the final are Juan Gisbert (1971), Manuel Orantes (1973) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (2006).

Date: 17th August 2014, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer ousts Murray to reach Cincinnati semi-finals

Second seed Roger Federer got out of jail as he rallied from double-break down in the second set to defeat eighth seed Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5 in the Western & Southern Open quarter-finals on Friday.

"In the second set, I lost a little bit of the rhythm," Federer told ESPN after the match. "From the baseline, Murray was hitting the ball well - harder and deeper... I snuck in a quick break, and next thing you know, I'm back. I feel like I stole that second set."

After dropping the first set to Federer, the 27-year-old Murray mounted an attack in the second, elevating his play to break Federer in the third and fifth games for a 4-1 lead. Federer turned the momentum back in his favour, breaking Murray twice and holding serve to draw level at 4-4. Both players held serve until Murray was broken again while serving to stay in the match, at 5-6.

"I started well, I hit the ball well," Federer added. "I was the more aggressive guy out there. I was having more impact from the baseline and on the serve."

"I was playing too well to get down on myself, I took the missed break points as a good sign. I stayed positive out there," he said.

"I felt this could be a good night for me and I wasn't mistaken."

The comeback victory puts Federer within two wins of a sixth Cincinnati crown. In each previous occasion when Federer reached the semi-final stage of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, the 33 year old has gone on to lift the trophy (2005, '07, '09-'10, '12). He will face fifth seed Milos Raonic for a place in Sunday's final.

Federer owns a 5-0 record over Raonic, with their last meeting coming at Wimbledon.

"This court suits him the best. He gets a bit more time to set up shots." said Federer. "But it's simple against a big server; you have to focus on your own game, keep him moving and use variety.

"It's a tough match-up but I've done well against him and I hope for one more like that tomorrow."

Federer's defeat of Murray, No. 9 in the ATP Rankings, also makes him the first player in history to win 10 matches against Top 10 players in 10 different seasons. This season, he leads the Tour in victories against the Top 10 (10-4). At the same stage of the season last year, Federer’s record against Top 10 opponents was 1-6.

Murray was making his 10th appearance in Cincinnati. He claimed the crown twice, in 2008 and 2011, defeating Novak Djokovic on both occasions.

"I started the match off pretty slow tonight," said Murray. "Federer came out quick. Then I had a couple break points in back-to-back games to get into it in the first set. I didn't get either of them.

"Then obviously was well up in the second and blew it. It's a shame."

Today's win drew Federer level with Murray in their ATP Head to Head series (11-11), and extended the Swiss No. 1's lead in most matches won at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level (302-89).

Date: 16th August 2014, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer to face Murray in Cincinnati QFs

Five-time champion Roger Federer set up a quarter-final clash with two-time titlist Andy Murray at the Western & Southern Open after prevailing against Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the night session, Thursday in Cincinnati. Murray saved two match points in his win over top American John Isner earlier in the day.

Murray holds a slight edge over Federer in their ATP Head to Head series, 11-10, though the Swiss won their most recent meeting in the Australian Open quarter-finals. They have split their two encounters in Cincinnati.

"I played a really good match against him in Australia," Federer said in a post-match interview with ESPN. "I know he probably wasn't at 100 per cent but I personally played a good match. That's how I have to come out tomorrow.

"I'm happy for him that he's playing well again. He was close against Tsonga last week... could have had a run there. That's why I know the danger of this match tomorrow. I think it was a huge match for him to beat Isner. Those are the kind of matches you need to win to get going again. I know I'm in for a tough one."

Federer, playing Monfils for the first time since a defeat last October in Shanghai, dropped serve to begin his third-round match. He came back, going three for five on his break point chances, to clinch the opening set.

Monfils made a late charge in the second set and continued to put pressure on Federer, earning three chances to break early in the third. He was unable to capitalise, while the World No. 3 went up the decisive break in the eight game and served out the win after one hour and 48 minutes.

"I'm just happy the way I'm playing right now," Federer said. "It was much better than the last couple of matches.

"I was hitting good forehands, not making so many mistakes, returning better," he added. "So there was a lot of positives out in the match. Sometimes frustration, but sometimes that's what Gael does to you. I felt like I missed some opportunities in the second set to close him out, but that's a credit to him. He hung in there."

"I thought I returned pretty well tonight... much better than I have in my previous matches," he said. "That's really what kept me calm throughout the match. I tried to come forward because the conditions are quite fast here. I think that was a good tactic out here tonight."

The 33-year-old Swiss became the first player to reach 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level on Wednesday with his three-sets win over Vasek Pospisil. He finished runner-up to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last week in Toronto.

"I have a different eagerness today," said Federer. "I was a bit more erratic when I was younger: good day, bad day, medium day, I was a bit all over the place. I think I've gotten my act together over the years. I think I'm in a good spell right now. I have a lot of tennis in my legs right now. I go day by day. I have a great team behind me and a wonderful family. I'm very much at peace with how I need to play."

Date: 15th August 2014, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer first to 300 Masters 1000 match wins

Roger Federer has added yet another milestone to his long list of career highlights, becoming the first player to reach 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.

The 33-year-old Swiss, who notched his first Masters 1000 win 14 years ago in Miami (d. Gimelstob), posted a 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Thursday afternoon in Cincinnati as he began his campaign for a sixth Western & Southern Open title.

“The Masters 1000s are the backbone of the tour,” said Federer. “I know a lot of people talk about the Grand Slams; we care dearly about them, but the majority of the tournaments are Masters 1000s, 500s or 250s."

“We have a certain obligation to play the 1000s, and I think that’s why they’re so popular, that’s why the people show up because they know that the best players will most likely play. I have a few exempts because I’ve been on tour for a very long time so I don’t have to always play, but I choose to because they’re very prestigious and I love playing them, so I’m happy I’m here.”

He improved to a 300-89 match record at this level, ahead of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the second and third positions on the all-time leaders list:

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Wins Leaders (as of 13 August)

1. Roger Federer - 300-89
2. Rafael Nadal - 281-54
3. Novak Djokovic - 220-54
4. Andre Agassi - 209-73
5. Pete Sampras - 190-70
6. Andy Roddick - 157-70
7. David Ferrer - 150-93
8. Andy Murray - 148-63
9. Tommy Haas - 142-102
10. Tomas Berdych - 140-85

Federer's Masters 1000 Milestone Match Wins

No. 1 Justin Gimelstob - 2000 Miami, 1R
No. 100 Ivan Ljubicic - 2006 Indian Wells, QF
No. 200 Lleyton Hewitt - 2009 Cincinnati, QF
No. 300 Vasek Pospisil - 2014 Cincinnati, 2R

Federer held a chance to clinch the milestone win on Sunday in the Rogers Cup final, but finished runner-up to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He had been attempting to win his 22nd Masters 1000 title and 80th overall.

"I was one of those guys who struggled early on in the Masters 1000," said Federer. "I know how hard it is to win all these matches because it's always against Top 50 players, if not Top 20, if not Top 10. From that standpoint I'm obviously happy that it is at 300. It's nice."

Against Pospisil, Wimbledon doubles champion with American Jack Sock, whom he had defeated in their previous two ATP Head to Head meetings, Federer edged the first-set tie-break after failing to convert three break point chances early on. With the second set headed towards another tie-break, the Canadian came up big to claim the first break of the match and draw level at one-set all.

Pospisil was unable to maintain the momentum, however, as Federer quickly pulled ahead 5-1 after earning triple break point chances in both the third and fifth games. The World No. 3 closed out the victory with a love service hold as the match passed the two-hour mark.

"We play so close to the line and margins are so small that sometimes we just miss a few shots here and there just because of not having played enough in these conditions, and that can cost you the match," said Federer. "I'm happy I found a way at least today, and I get another chance tomorrow."

In the third round, Federer will Frenchman Gael Monfils, who finished off Center Court action in Wednesday’s night session with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in 59 minutes. Monfils claimed 57 per cent of his first serve points (21 of 26) and broke his Spanish opponent four times. The flashy 27 year old holds a 2-6 ATP Head to Head record against Federer.

Date: 14th August 2014, Source: ATP

Federer: "Fear is always there from the first rounds"

Roger Federer is approaching his opening match against Vasek Pospisil with extra caution, following Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s first-round exit Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open.

“That's not very good for me, either, when I see that happening,” said Federer, who finished runner-up to Tsonga on Sunday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

“From that standpoint, the fear is always there from the first rounds regardless of how you approach a tournament. But a lot of things have happened in the last year for me, and I'm happy that most of it has been really positive for me.”

Federer has experienced a big turnaround since his last visit to Cincinnati. In 2013, tinkering with a new racquet and struggling with back issues, he began his Emirates Airline US Open Series campaign here - following an upset loss in his Gstaad opener a few weeks earlier.

“When I came here, expectations were very, very low,” said Federer. “I was just hoping to win a match. And this year, it's pretty much the same, other than I feel so much better, so much more confident.”

On Wednesday, he will look to become the first player to record 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level when he faces Pospisil. The Canadian saved three match points against Radek Stepanek on Tuesday, and will be looking to defeat Federer for the first time in their third ATP Head to Head meeting.

“Because I've played last week, I'm just hoping to get through the first round just because I know how hard it is to transition with sort of a day-and-a-half of practice and then having to play a difficult best-of-three set match,” said Federer.  “Of course if I do win that first round, I have higher hopes to going really deep into the tournament and even winning it.”

Federer is contesting the Western & Southern Open for a 14th time, tying Tommy Haas and Pete Sampras for second-most appearances behind Michael Chang’s 16. The World No. 3, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last Friday, already holds the record for most titles in tournament history with five.

“I really don't play for any of those longevity records, to be honest,” he said. “I play because I love to play. I still believe I can still achieve a lot.

“But of course the talk is interesting and some things I didn't even know about:  Like last Sunday when you make a finals again and it's your 120th, trying to win your 80th, those are cool numbers which clearly extra-motivate you.”

Date: 13th August 2014, Source: ATP

Federer: "I know what I need to work on the next few weeks"

Roger Federer, like everyone else, has his share of ‘off’ days.

“I was not playing good enough,” he said following his loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5-7, 6-7(3) in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday in Toronto. “If you can't hit forehands or whatever, it’s just… it wasn't my day.

“Today was just difficult in terms of rhythm from the baseline, so it was like a new tournament for me," said Federer. "No excuses. I think he played really solid and well when he had to and I think he served well overall, which was key for him.”

Federer and Tsonga each hit 26 winners during the one hour, 47-minute match, but the Swiss finished with 37 unforced errors to Tsonga’s count of 18. He was also unable to create a break point chance against the Frenchman, who won 94 per cent of his first-service points.

“I definitely felt much further away from victory than he did,” said Federer. “Naturally because of the scoreline - I mean, he was in the lead - but I just didn't feel like I was playing good enough to win today. It was just really frustrating the way I felt out there.

“I fought. I mixed it up, and I was hoping to sort of sneak in a set and then maybe he would get a bit nervous or maybe would play a bad game. But I just couldn't create enough opportunities. So I think he deserved to win at the end of the day.”

Entering Sunday afternoon’s final, Federer had played three straight matches in the night session, including a pair of battling wins against Marin Cilic in the Round of 16 and David Ferrer in the quarter-finals. Though he was quick to give credit to Tsonga, he also called it a difficult transition.

“I think it was the overall day conditions that were tough for me,” he said. “It was faster than in the night, all my previous matches, so I think the turnaround was tough.

“I didn't start poorly,” Federer added. “I think actually the beginning of the match was actually my best part of the match.  So from that standpoint I was happy how I was feeling and playing. But then that it actually start to drop off rather than get better, that's what disappointed me the most today.”

Despite the loss, the Swiss drew positives from his performance in his first tournament since a runner-up finish at Wimbledon.

“I'm overall pretty happy that I made the final in my first tournament back on hard courts,” he said. “Had a few tough matches which clearly gave me a lot of information. I know what I need to work on the next few days and next few weeks, which is good to know what I need to do other than feeling lost. I don't feel that way…

“There were things I could have done better, but overall it was a positive week. I go away from this feeling good about my chances next week and also at the US Open and for the rest of the season. It's another good tournament for me, which I'm happy about.”

Federer will continue his Emirates Airline US Open Series campaign next week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, where he is a five-time champion.

Date: 11th August 2014, Source: ATP

Federer: Court surfaces speeding up

Roger Federer says court surfaces might be speeding up again, following years of slower play.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion said he has seen courts get slower since he first came on tour, leading to the predominance of baseline players.

''I think also coaches overall everywhere around the world have, you know, made sure that players are very good just forehand and backhand players and good servers but neglected probably a little bit the volley play, even though I do believe there is a place for it," said Federer.

"But it became harder and harder and everybody who had success was a baseline player," he said. "Clearly then you inspired the next generation by doing that."

However, he added, things were now starting to shift back.

"And I think now we're at a crossroads a little bit where things are speeding up. Toronto is much faster than it used to be four years ago, in my opinion," he said. "And that's nice to see that there is some change in it where the attacking style is going to pay off more, especially, you know, taking chances, moving forward."

Federer, who is being coached by serve-and-volley legend Stefan Edberg and playing with a bigger racquet, has been trying to play a more attacking game this season. He is back to No. 3 following an injury-affected 2013 that saw him reach No. 8 in the ATP rankings.

Date: 10th August 2014, Source:

Federer cruises into Rogers Cup final, to meet Tsonga

Second seed Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup final for the fifth time after a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Feliciano Lopez on Saturday evening at the Rexall Centre.

The Swiss No. 1 qualified for his 37th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and 120th overall and will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his bid for a 22nd Masters 1000 crown (80th overall).

Should Federer lift the trophy on Sunday, he would become the first player in history to record 300 wins at the Masters 1000 level.

Against Lopez, the two-time Rogers Cup champion (2004, '06) won 77 per cent of his first-serve points during the battle lasting one hour and 22 minutes, and broke twice in 11 attempts. Federer, who turned 33 on Friday, improved to 11-0 in ATP Head to Head meetings against the left-handed Spaniard.

"From my standpoint, I think I served well," said Federer. "I was aggressive, and I was able to really play the way I wanted to play tonight. I'm very happy."

Entering tonight's semi-final, Lopez had saved 27 of 29 break points faced this year in Toronto, including nine in one game in his quarter-final upset of home favourite Milos Raonic. While serving 2-1 in the first set against Federer, the World No. 25 looked on track for another roller coaster display, saving seven break points, but sailed a ball long to concede the lead.

"I think Lopez was probably mentally a bit tired this week. He's played a lot of good guys in the spell of a short period of time. He played one more match than I did, and back-to-back three setters the last couple of nights," Federer added. "He was probably feeling it there."

Federer would break once more, in the first game of the second set, to book his clash with Tsonga on Sunday. Federer holds an 11-4 advantage over the Frenchman, including triumphs this season in Melbourne and Monte-Carlo.

Tsonga beat his third straight higher-seeded opponent, topping seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-3. The 13th-seeded Frenchman beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday and eighth-seeded Andy Murray on Friday.

"I think it was a matter of time that he got it all together again, especially in terms of confidence," said the second seeded Swiss, who is looking for his third title of the season.

"So for him to beat Murray and Djokovic... it's a really good effort for him and it's going to give him loads of confidence going into the finals.

"Tsonga can overpower guys, serve up a storm and then play really aggressive with his forehand and also be solid in his backhand," Federer noted. "You think you're in a safe place in the rally, and he takes one step and just hits it and the point is over. That's why he's been in the Top 10 for so long.

"The final will be exciting, Jo has been playing well. I know what's ahead of me, I have my work cut out if I want to win the trophy," said Federer.

''I'm more consistent and it's good because it helped me beat three guys in the top 10,'' Tsonga said. ''I didn't do that for a couple of years now and it gives me hope for the rest of the year.

''When you play against Roger, it's always special,'' Tsonga said. ''First, because you play in a big area, in a big stadium anyway. And every time the crowd is for him, so it's quite a good sensation. It's quite a good feeling when you win against 10,000 people.''

It will be Tsonga's first appearance in a Masters 1000 final since he lost to Federer three years ago at the BNP Paribas Masters. Tsonga's only Masters 1000 title came in Paris in 2008.

Date: 10th August 2014, Source: ATP, AP, AFP and Reuters

Birthday boy Federer beats Ferrer for Toronto semi-final spot

Roger Federer withstood the game of fifth seed David Ferrer, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals in Toronto on Friday evening to claim yet another victory on his birthday.

The World No. 3 broke his Spanish opponent five times and won 80 per cent of his first-serve points in the battle lasting one hour and 53 minutes. Federer saved three of six break points and did not drop serve in the final set.

"I was able to find energy and really serve better at the very end, which was key against David because he was doing a really good job on my second serve to put me under pressure," said Federer.

The crowd at the Rexall Centre, aware of the day's occasion, serenaded the second seed with the "Happy Birthday" song after the first game of the second set.

"It's very much appreciated," expressed Federer. "It's so nice seeing so many people care for you and wishing you all the best and all that."

"At 33 it's a dream to be playing tennis at this level," said Federer, who lost his first set to Ferrer since 2010 as the Spanish fifth seed took the match into a deciding third set after losing ten previous sets in a row against the Swiss.

"I really enjoyed the match, it's always a challenge against David. My goals now are to stay injury-free and try and go out on my terms.

"I have two titles this year and I hope to win more, It all starts again tomorrow on the court."

Federer, who turned 33 years old today, improved to a 4-0 record when playing on his birthday, also winning in Montreal in 2003 (d. Mirnyi) and 2007 (d. Karlovic) and in Toronto in 2006 (d. Mathieu). The Swiss No. 1 also extended his perfect record in ATP Head to Head meetings against Ferrer, to 15-0.

In his 51st semi-final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, Federer will face another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez.

Federer boasts an unblemished 10-0 record against Lopez, which began 11 years ago.

Sixth seed Milos Raonic fell in a close three-set battle against the unseeded Lopez 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the evening's first quarter-final.

Raonic had reached semi-finals in nine of 11 previous events and was coming off a title last week in Washington.

Date: 9th August 2014, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer edges Cilic for Toronto QF berth

Roger Federer reached the Rogers Cup quarter-finals after a marathon 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4 win over Croat Marin Cilic in 2 hours and 39 minutes on Thursday evening.

Federer, participating in the draw of this Canadian ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the 11th year, brushed away both break points he faced during the contest and closed out the win 30 minutes before his 33rd birthday.

Cilic blinked only once, in the eighth game of the third set, to hand Federer the the lone break of their third-round duel. The 15th seed saved nine of ten break points, including six match points he faced serving at 4-5 in the second set.

"It's nice winning those kind of matches, because I also lost a bunch in my career," said Federer. "Especially this season I have lost some closer ones, especially in the stretch from Indian Wells, Miami, Monaco, Rome, Paris. So from that standpoint I'm very happy I came through tonight.

"I had 23 break points against Tsonga in Monaco, that's worse. So from that standpoint I've been there before.

"I thought Marin played really well, especially for longer periods," Federer added. "I'm happy I was able to find a way tonight."

Federer owns a 29-8 record at the Rogers Cup, which includes two trophies (2004, 2006) and runner-up finishes on two other occasions. The ATP Rankings No. 3 is edging closer to becoming the first player to notch 300 wins at the Masters 1000 level (297-88).

The 25-year-old Cilic, champion in Zagreb and Delray Beach this season, was making his sixth appearance at the Rogers Cup. Earlier this season, he made a career-best run at Wimbledon, falling to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

In the final eight, Federer faces Spaniard David Ferrer, against whom he owns a 14-0 ATP Head to Head record.

"Ferrer is an unbelievable returner and has some of the best second-serve returns in the game," said Federer. "If I don't play well, he's one of those guys that you're not going to come through against."

The fifth-seeded Ferrer put an end to Ivan Dodig’s run, recovering from a slow start to defeat the Croatian 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Dodig, who upset top American John Isner in the first round, managed to convert just two of his 14 break point chances in the third-round match.

Ferrer, making his ninth appearance at the Rogers Cup, recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in Canada.

Date: 8th August 2014, Source: ATP

Roger Federer races through Toronto opener

Roger Federer made a winning return to Canada, racing past local wild card Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-0 on Tuesday night at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Federer, playing at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time since Montreal in 2011, needed just 52 minutes to defeat the 129th-ranked Polansky. The second seed opened the match with a break of serve, and won 6 of 7 on his break point chances.

"I was happy, I started well and that's always helpful to play more freely," he said. "I think I could have served better at times, but other than that, already in practice I felt I was moving well. Didn't feel so good hitting the ball yet. Wasn't quite getting used to the surface, and now the last few days have been much better and I'm happy that in the match it kind of all worked really well."

"For the start of a tournament it's never clear if that's going to be the case. I'm very relieved and just really pleased."

Polansky, who has practised with Federer on numerous occasions, explained the difference between hitting sessions and actually facing the Swiss in competition. "Right off the bat, the first ball he's trying to kill ya," he admitted.

"It was good for me to see how he works a point and what to improve on, what I need to do and what I need to do to get better," Polansky added.

"On the courts you've just got to block it out and just get it done," said Federer about the rout. "You never know when it can shift. It's all happened before. You feel a little bad, and then you end up losing the match."

Federer, who celebrates his 33rd birthday on Friday, has reached the final on three of his four past visits to Toronto. He claimed the title in 2004 (d. Roddick) and ’06 (d. Gasquet) and finished runner-up to Andy Murray in 2010.

Federer is making his first appearance since a five-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. He awaits the winner between No. 15 seed Marin Cilic and Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri in the third round.

Date: 6th August 2014, Source: ATP and Reuters

Davis Cup has been good for Federer, says Edberg

When a four-time Davis Cup champion talks about a competition that he believes could be good for your tennis, you listen. That’s what Roger Federer did anyway.

The Swiss superstar has won almost everything there is to win in tennis but one of the very few pieces of silverware to elude him is the historic Davis Cup.

This year, with Federer and Stan Wawrinka both occupying spots among the world’s elite, many onlookers believe that Switzerland could win the Davis Cup for the first time in its history.

And one of those is Federer’s famous coach Stefan Edberg.

“They have a chance to win it this year with Stan and Roger together, so it's a great opportunity,” explained Edberg, who lifted the Davis Cup trophy in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1994.

“I think it's been good for his tennis. It's been good for a lot of things, and it's always great to have the best players playing in Davis Cup. If Davis Cup is going to grow and be there for the future, you need the best to play and enjoy playing, and I think they both have enjoyed it. I know they definitely want to win it.”

Edberg knows the impact that playing Davis Cup had on his own career and recalls fondly winning the title in his debut year in 1984 when he and Anders Jarryd defeated Peter Fleming and John McEnroe to clinch the victory for Sweden.

The Swede added: “To us Davis Cup has been a lot of importance. Obviously maybe things are a little bit different today, but I have been all for it for Federer to play Davis Cup, because it's a great competition. You're being part of a team.”

To see Edberg reflecting on his time playing Davis Cup watch the video below:

Date: 5th August 2014, Source: Davis Cup

Edberg finds coaching to his liking with Federer

Six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg said Monday he never imagined he would be sitting in the stands as a lone coach this week to Roger Federer at the Toronto Masters.

The 48-year-old Swede is in charge of coaching arrangements in Canada, with Federer's main coach Severin Luthi not attending the ATP event that begins the serious build-up to the US Open in three weeks.

Edberg said that after receiving the call from Federer last December inviting him to join the Swiss player's coaching team, life has changed more than he could have imagined.

"It's nothing that I thought that I ever would do, but obviously being around Roger and the way he is as a person on and off court has actually been a very, very good journey so far," said Edberg. "It's been good to see him making some progress this year."

Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, dropped a five-set final to Novak Djokovic last month at Wimbledon.

"He was very, very close to winning at Wimbledon. There was one or two points that made a difference in that final, which was one of the better finals I have watched in the past in the many, many years.

"But that's the way it is in tennis. But I still believe the way he's playing, and if he can keep working and stay healthy, he's got a shot of doing very well here going forward.

"But it's an important week this week as well here."

Edberg said that while long-time coach Luthi heads the coaching side, he will get his chance to put some ideas into action in Toronto.

"I'm here on my own this week and I think I'm coming with the few ideas how he can handle different things, maybe technically and a few small things," Edberg said.

"But I can't make that much of a difference, but a little bit of a difference I think I can make. It has been good so far."

The stoic Swede said that sitting in the stands and analysing feels much tougher than actually playing.

"In many ways it's worse sitting in the stands, because you can't really do anything sometimes," he said.

"You wish you could. Actually it has been OK. You want him to do well and so it's a different feeling, but it's good so far."

Date: 5th August 2014, Source: AFP

Roger Federer, the 'laid back' family man

Roger Federer enters Rogers Cup bidding for a third title at the Canadian ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. Ahead of his run, the 32 year old shared insight about how his approach to the sport has evolved in this stage of his career.

“I feel more laid back today than I ever have been," said Federer. "I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. For me, it’s about, ‘How do I feel in practice?’ ‘What’s my motivation?’ I can analyse things much more clearly than I ever have.

“I am not in a hectic place. When i was younger, I felt more pressure to do what people said,” said Federer. “Now I go my pace and I enjoy the process. I love to go back to places like Toronto. I see the positive sides.

“I am ready to attack in the second part of the season. I can already say that it has overall been a good season, I am happy because physically I feel well and I managed to play at a high level. I enjoy playing even more now that I finally solved the problems I had at my back last year.”

Also a positive for Federer is the recent addition to his family. The Swiss and his wife, Mirka, welcomed their second set of twins, boys Leo and Lenny, on 6 May. After Federer made a run to the Wimbledon final, finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic, the World No. 3 looked forward to spending some time away from the sport.

“It’s been a great few months waiting. When the boys arrived, seeing the reaction of the girls and seeing how the new dynamics would be as a family. It’s been incredibly nice, said Federer. “We’ve had a beautiful last few weeks after Wimbledon when we could really spend quality time away from all the tennis tournaments. It’s been great. I love it.”

This week, as the second seed, Federer opens his Toronto campaign against the winner of wild card Peter Polansky and Jerzy Janowicz, and is projected to clash in the quarter-finals with fifth seed David Ferrer.

Date: 4th August 2014, Source: ATP

Roger Federer takes on Toronto Maple Leafs in a hockey challenge

Roger Federer swapped his tennis racquet for a hockey stick on Sunday at the Rexall Centre as the Toronto Maple Leafs took on stars of the ATP World Tour on a transformed centre court.

Federer joined the likes of Radek Stepanek, Jack Sock, Eric Butorac, Peter Polansky, Nenad Zimonjic and Treat Huey in the fun hockey game against the Maple Leafs, who were all wearing RF branded baseball caps. ATP Executive Chairman and President Chris Kermode even donned a jersey and jumped in to play.

After his teammates repeatedly set him up for shots on goal, Federer made his last effort count, rifling home his shot in the dying seconds of the game.

“It’s great fun doing this kind of stuff,” said Federer. “Getting hockey and tennis together on a centre court that they built specially; I think is great. I had a lot of fun meeting all the guys. They’re so relaxed.

“I’ve always been a big hockey fan. I can’t skate at all actually. I can’t stop so I have to go in circles. I used to play a little bit of unihockey, we call it in Europe. That’s what I did for warm-ups in tennis back in the day. I’ve always collected NHL jerseys; I’ve got a nice collection so far.”

The 32-year-old Federer is a two-time former champion at the Rogers Cup, lifting the trophy in Toronto in 2004 (d. Roddick) and 2006 (d. Gasquet). The Swiss is seeded second at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament next week and will open his campaign against either Polansky or Jerzy Janowicz.

Date: 3rd August 2014, Source: ATP